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What Your Child Should Expect (Before and After Braces)

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UPDATED 30-12-18

What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

When children or teenagers are told that they need braces, it can be exhilarating, yet scary. Before your first appointment, you may have no idea what to expect but you should be excited to have straight and beautiful teeth in our not so distant future. It can take time for the final results with a lot of ups and downs, but you will be thankful for down the long road because you will have newfound confidence with your straightened teeth. Here are a few things to expect before you make an appointment with your doctor.

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What Are Retainers?

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When the time comes for your kids to shed off their braces, it’s exciting to see their new set of better-aligned teeth. However, it’s also time to think about the next step to complete the process: retainers.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing retainers? Are retainers really expensive? What should you expect after the retainers are fitted? All these are natural questions that most parents have. This article will detail everything you need to know about retainers. Read more

Why Does the Orthodontist Need to [X-ray]?

Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-ray?

Parents accompanying their children to the orthodontist for the first time may have some questions about the need to take X-rays. Didn’t the dentist who referred you for orthodontia X-ray your child’s teeth before you got here? Why is it necessary to take an additional set of X-rays? What can the orthodontist see on an X-ray that a dentist can’t?

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I Want a Perfect Smile When My Braces Come Off!

Having a beautiful smile can be difficult to achieve without the help of orthodontic work. Orthodontists work to enhance and straighten your smile, making you feel more confident about the way that you look.

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For some people, it is an absolute necessity that they go for orthodontic treatment because their current tooth alignment is causing problems with eating, speaking, and drinking. However, after removing braces, many people are unsure of how to retain their gorgeous smiles for life so that they do not have to go back for additional orthodontic work and procedures. Knowing how to maintain a beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment is essential to your self-esteem and confidence. Read more…

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Famous People with Braces

While famous people may look flawless on the covers of magazines, most have put a lot of work into their appearance and have even gone through their own awkward stages. It isn’t just time in the gym that counts, either.

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To get those brilliant smiles on the red carpet, some of the biggest names in Hollywood wore braces to straighten their smile. Here are some of the best examples of celebrity braces, including celebrity adults with braces.

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Do Braces Make the [Roots] of Your Teeth Shorter?

Do braces make the roots of your teeth shorter?. Root shortening, or the literal shortening of the roots of the teeth, is commonly caused by a process called “root resorption” in which the root structure of the teeth breaks down or gets destroyed and experiences subsequent loss. Orthodontic treatment is a known cause of root shortening, so it’s natural to wonder whether or not braces cause root resorption.

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What Are Mail Order Orthodontics and Why They Fall Short?

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Mail order braces are a relatively new type of orthodontic treatment that is available online. Many companies offer these braces to people who have problems such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps, and other issues. Many people try these products because of their seemingly affordable prices and their ability to have them mailed to their home. However, these braces fall short in several areas. It’s always best to see an orthodontist up close and in the office. Here’s a little bit more information about the mail order orthodontics. Take your time reading the information so that you will know what choice to make when it comes to getting braces at home.
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Do Braces Weaken Teeth?

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Orthodontic care is designed to promote healthier teeth while also making you feel confident about your smile. However, myths about braces still exist, and you may have concerns about how your treatment might affect your teeth.

Right now, you are likely wondering if braces are better or just leave it alone since treating crooked or misaligned teeth requires a serious commitment. While your orthodontist is the best person to help you answer this question, it helps to know this information about why braces do not weaken your teeth.

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Are Braces for Adults Worth the Trouble?

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When you think of braces, you probably picture a kid or teen wearing metal appliances and going to school. It’s often thought that after you’re out of your teens, the thought of getting braces is absurd and shouldn’t be considered.

Thankfully, there is a growing trend of individuals who are choosing to get braces well into their adult years. If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it still worth it to have braces as an adult?”, you’ll want to consider all of the benefits that will come from working with an orthodontist and having this work done.

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Do Orthodontic Braces Cause (White Spots) on Teeth?

Do Orthodontic Braces Cause White Spots on Teeth?

For most people, braces are the ideal way to get a better smile. However, some people end up getting disappointed by the results of their orthodontic braces because they notice unsightly white spots after the brackets are removed. White spots can be a little unpleasant to look at, but you should not let them stop you from deciding to get braces. The reality is that white spots are entirely preventable even if you are wearing orthodontic braces. Keep reading to find out all about the underlying cause of white spots and learn how you can protect your teeth from them.

How Common Are White Spots After Braces?

Though white spots are not necessarily caused by braces, it is true that this type of tooth discolouration is more common among people who have been wearing braces. White spots and braces are linked because braces can make it much more difficult for a person to properly clean their teeth. The most common location for white spots tends to be either along the gumline or around the edges of the brackets. Not every patient who has braces will get white spots. In fact, the majority of orthodontic patients will not have white spots after treatment. It is a relatively uncommon effect of wearing braces.

What Causes White Spots on the Teeth?

White spots are actually an area of the tooth where the enamel does not contain enough strengthening minerals. This type of demineralization is caused by bacteria that can flourish in the mouth when it is not properly cleaned. These types of bacteria produce byproducts that gradually wear away at the teeth. When the minerals are removed from the surface of the tooth, the area because hollow, so it looks lighter. The area may be rough, pitted, indented, or raised.

As you can see, braces do not necessarily cause white spots. Instead, white spots are essentially areas of the teeth that are not getting properly cleaned. Many orthodontic patients, especailly younger ones, struggle to get the entire surface of their tooth while brushing, leading to white spots. In addition to being unsightly, these white spots may eventually become cavities if left untreated, so it is important to try to treat or prevent them.

Can You Do Anything to Treat White Spots?

Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of white spots on your teeth from wearing braces. One of the first things you will probably need to do is focus on re-mineralization. This is a special technique that involves applying a mineral rich cream to your teeth and letting it sit for a while. The teeth are very absorbent, so the minerals will sink into the white spots and help to strengthen teeth. In addition to building tooth strength, re-mineralization will also help the white spots to fade.

Another way to reduce white spots is through various cosmetic dentistry treatments. A basic tooth whitening procedure can help to lighten the teeth and reduce the appearance of white spots. If the white spots are unusually raised, microabrasion can remove them and reveal new enamel. For sunken white spots, your doctor can fill in the area with dental resin coloured to match your teeth.

What Can You Do to Prevent White Spots?

Though it is possible to fix white spots on the teeth, keep in mind that these treatments can be a little time consuming, expensive, or slow to show results. Instead of just planning on treating white spots once your braces are removed, it is better to prevent them from happening in the first place. Most patients find that white spots are entirely avoidable as long as they practice some simple oral hygiene habits. Use these tips to reduce your chances of getting white spots after wearing braces:
Make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day to remove bacteria and plaque buildup that could contribute to white spots.

Use a mouthwash with fluoride to ensure that your teeth remain properly mineralized.
Consider using an electric toothbrush with a head specifically for braces wearers to ensure that your teeth are properly cleaned.
Floss once a day to remove bacteria that can hide between teeth.

Avoid eating high sugar foods that can encourage bacteria growth. Whenever you do eat something sugary, brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth afterwards.

Lower the amount of acidic things that you eat and drink. This includes soda, salad dressings, sour candies, tomato-based sauces, and lemonade.

Talk to your orthodontist about putting a sealant on your teeth to help them resist bacteria.

Now that you know how to prevent white spots on the teeth, you can confidently get braces without worrying about their effect on tooth colouration. If you would like to find out more about how to take care of your teeth while wearing braces, set up an appointment at one of the three convenient Childers Orthodontics locations. Call us at 618-438-2815 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch with us today.

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